Turner Smiley will not play in the season opener for the North Texas Mean Green. Due to an off-the-field incident last last month, when the wide receiver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, head coach Seth Littrell revealed that Smiley will be suspended for UNT’s opener against the SMU Mustangs.
“It doesn’t matter if it going to be tough on us or not, we are going to do things the right way in this program and this university,” Littrell said in regards to the suspension. “We are going to make sure we take care of our teammates and this university and are going to find the guys we trust to do that. There are consequences for your actions.”
Littrell is speaking the truth here. Smiley isn’t some scrub on the roster being used to set an example. Last season, he was third on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (255). He’s also the leading returning receiver on the Mean Green. Furthermore, even more disheartening to fans of North Texas, the only player on the roster with more than 17 receptions last season.
Basically, North Texas is now heading into its game against SMU missing a key component to whatever potential success the team was hoping to have.
“There are consequences for your actions,” Litrell also said. Unfortunately he is right, but the same consequences that forced him to take actions on his presumed best receiver will meet the rest of the team with some rather major repercussions.
As of this writing, it Smiley will only be suspended the one game.